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Workout with the Jabra Elite Active 75t

Built for an active lifestyle

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Every brand seems to have added a true wireless earbud on their portfolio now. Jabra’s been in the game for a while and their latest — the Jabra Elite Active 75t — is a notable improvement.

Better than its predecessor

As new products should be, the 75t is better than the 65t in a number of ways. First, it’s 22 percent smaller, making it even easier to carry around and fit in your ear. Second, there’s a significant 89 percent increase in battery life. It can now last up to 28 hours with the charging case — which is charged via USB-C.

Living up even more to its active lifestyle branding, its IP rating has gone up from IP56 to IP57. Jabra claims it’s now waterproof.

Isolate the noise

While noise cancellation seems to be all the rage these days, Jabra has another thing in mind. The 75t is equipped with noise isolation tech. It promises a better sound experience through passive noise reduction.

It’s a product of four generations of the Jabra Elite Active line along with thousands of ear measurements and scans for the optimal earbud shape.

Jabra MyControls and Jabra MySound

Coming in the second quarter of 2020 are two software features that will give Jabra users more convenience and control.

First up is the Jabra MyControls. This gives the user the option to use just one earbud at a time while the other remains turned off, thus saving battery. This can be configured through the Jabra Sound+ app.

Second is the Jabra MySound. In collaboration with their sister company GN Hearing (producer of quality hearing-aids), the feature will create a personal hearing profile for the user. Users will take a test on the app comprising of a series of beeps. This will then calibrate the earbuds to determine the users’ unique hearing profile.

Pricing and availability

The Jabra Elite 75t will retail for US$ 199 starting February 2020 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Jabra.com. The six colors will launch at different dates: Navy in February, Copper Black in February (Amazon exclusive), Titanium Black in February (Best Buy exclusive), Grey in March, and both Sienna and Mint coming in April.

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Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-cancelling king now official

‘The best just got better’

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The Sony WH-1000XM4 is now official. Sony’s best-in-class noise-cancelling over-ear headphones just got a refresh and the improvements further make shine an already polished device.

What’s new?

Multiple device pairing

This has been one of this headphones’ weaknesses and it has finally been addressed. You can now connect the Sony WH-1000XM4 to two devices simultaneously.

When a call comes in, your headphones will know which device is ringing and connect to it automatically. You’ll also be able to quickly switch your headphones to either of the two devices in a single tap.

Superior sound

Every iteration of these headphones already sound amazing. But that didn’t stop Sony from elevating the listening experience even further.

The ever-reliable QN1 is still here for noise-cancellation but it’s now paired with a new Bluetooth Audio SoC. It can sense and adjust to music and noise at over 700 times per second.

It now also has Edge-AI, DSEE Extreme which more accurately rebuilds audio lost during digital compression for a full fidelity experience. The 360 Reality Audio feature is now also making its way to these headphones. It lets listeners enjoy a custom immersive musical field that is perfectly optimized for each individual user.

The WH-1000XM4 also supports Google’s helpful new Fast Pair feature that lets you easily locate where you left your WH-1000XM4 by ringing them.

Speak-to-chat

Previously, you had to cover one of the ear cups to disable the noise-cancelling for a short period. Now, you only have to speak and the headphones will recognize your voice,

automatically stop your music and let in ambient sound so you can conduct a conversation without removing your headphones.

What’s been carried over?

As mentioned, the superior sound and noise-cancelling are still here but enhanced. The simple and sleek look has also been retained. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

The battery life also remains the same which is a good thing. You get up to 30 hours overall and the quick charging function gives you up to 5 hours of wireless playback from 10 minutes of charging.

The headphones also still know if you’re wearing them or not. It stops the music when you have it off and resumes playback when you put them on.

Lastly, it still has support for Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for your personal voice assistant.

Pricing and availability 

The Sony WH-1000XM4 will come in Black and Platinum Silver.

In Singapore, it will be available at selected retail shops and online stores starting August 7,2020 at a retail price of SG$ 549.

SEE ALSO: Sony WH-1000XM3 Hands-on: As good as advertised

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Razer launched a heat-resistant, antibacterial Note 20 case

Available in the usual black and green

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Earlier today, Samsung launched the much-awaited Galaxy Note 20 series. The premium flagship lineup promises more of what made the series so successful plus a few new features. Naturally, the Galaxy Note 20 series costs a pretty penny. If you’re getting the new smartphone, you’ll want protection for your investment. Going along with the exciting gallery of stylish accessories, Razer launched a heat-resistant, antibacterial case for the Note 20 series.

As part of the Arctech Pro series, Razer is bundling the Note 20’s case with a series of impressive features. The case comes with Thermaphene Cooling Technology, which uses a thermally conductive layer to spread trapped heat equally. Though also a productivity pusher, the Note 20 series sports the Snapdragon 865+ (or the Exynos 990), making it a perfect device for intense mobile gaming. Razer does have rationale in putting a gaming-centric feature on its case. Speaking of gaming, the case also has stronger and more comfortable side panels for horizontal orientations.

Especially with today’s world, the Archtech Pro case also comes with anti-bacterial coating which “prevents the growth of bacteria.” Though it might not prevent the coronavirus from landing on your phone, the case will prevent your phone from becoming a cesspool of wayward bacteria.

Another advertised feature is 5G compatibility. Supposedly, the case will work seamlessly according to the phone’s 5G antenna, allowing easy connectivity once that particular technology becomes available.

As you might expect, the Razer Arctech Pro comes in only one flavor: the iconic black and green. The case is available for both the Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra. Both will cost US$ 44.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer is developing face mask vending machines

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Samsung’s Note 20 accessories look fabulously polished

Sustainable, stylish protection

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Samsung’s newest Galaxy Note 20 series may look glamorous without a case, but having a stylish case is worth considering when you have an expensive phone.

Luckily, the South Korean company released fabulous phone cases to protect the Galaxy Note 20 while looking good. There’s the Kvadrat cover, a case familiar to most Samsung users and loyalists following the annual Unpacked event.

In case you’re just discovering Kvadrat, it’s a Danish textile company taking inspirations from its Scandinavian roots. The company produces a sustainable textile called Revive, made from post-consumer recycled polyester like plastic bottles.

Samsung and Kvadrat’s collaboration aims to reduce the environmental impact of production and plastic waste.

Even though it looks thin and stylish, the Kvadrat Cover complements the Note 20 series’ striking shape while staying durable — protecting your phone from accidental drops and damage. It comes in Red and Gray.


Samsung’s usual Clear View and LED View cover are still part of the Note 20 series’s lineup of accessories. It comes in Gray and Samsung’s most appreciated color this year and a step-up of the previous Rose Gold — Copper.

Price and availability are yet to be announced and may vary per region. This page will be updated accordingly.

WATCH our Galaxy Note 20 Series video

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